The University of Victoria's Brad Buckham shared honours with tech entrepreneur and academic Gerri Sinclair yesterday in the first entrepreneurship fellow awards to be granted by the British Columbia Innovation Council.

Buckham, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Victoria, leads the West Coast Wave collaboration program, which is studying wave energy potential off the west coast Vancouver Island, and he is co-inventor of the SyncWave Power Resonator that harnesses wave energy for sustainable power generation.

Sinclair is executive director of the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Centre for Digital Media, a joint program of the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Recipients of the entrepreneurship award, which debuts this year, get $20,000 to be used for education or commercialization initiatives at their institution.

In other BCIC awards, Mahmoud Pouladi, at PhD student at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at UBC, received the Ripples of Hope Award in biotechnology and entrepreneurship, an award that provides an internship opportunity in a B.C. biotech company.

Lungpacer Medical won the emerging technology award for its Transvasular Diaphragm Pacing System, a system developed to assist with the mechanical ventilation of critically ill patients in intensive care.